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David Andrews has become a star for the New England Patriots.

Georgia fans should celebrate David Andrews, even if he plays for the New England Patriots

Connor Riley

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Georgia football fans should celebrate David Andrews

Bill Belichick isn’t a man of many words. He doesn’t usually give long, glowing remarks about players, and certainly not just before the Super Bowl.

That’s what makes what the legendary NFL coach said about former Bulldog David Andrews standout all the more.

“David’s a good center. He’s played center his whole life. He played center in junior high, he played center in high school, he played center in college and he’s playing center here,” Belichick said on a conference call. “I would say he’s very comfortable with all of the things that come with that position. I can’t imagine there’s anything that he sees at this point in his career that he hasn’t already seen multiple times, if not hundreds of times, in one way or another. He’s very experienced and he’s very adept at handling variations of all of the things that I just mentioned. He’s a lifetime – he’s a career center and he plays like it.”

We’ve already written this week on Sony Michel, Todd Gurley and RBU. And those guys deserve to be celebrated. But Georgia fans shouldn’t forget about Andrews, who is every bit as good the player as Gurley is, despite lacking the national pedigree.

Both Gurley and Michel were top-100 recruits, with Michel being a 5-star running back. Andrews was the No. 495 in the 2011 class — though he was just four spots behind Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. He was the No. 8 ranked center in the class. Of the seven ranked ahead of him, only Ryan Kelly of Alabama and the Indianapolis Colts is still in the NFL.

As a sophomore, Andrews had to fill the shoes of long-time center Ben Jones, who is also still in the NFL. He went on to be a three-year starter for Georgia, and was named Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player and a permanent captain during his senior year. Also on the team his senior year was Gurley, Michel and running back Nick Chubb.

He also gaves us one of the best gifs/celebrations in recent memory.

But despite all of his accomplishments at Georgia, Andrews still went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. But he signed with the New England Patriots, and he’s been a great player for them. As a rookie, he started in his first career game, and has been the Patriots starting center for 53 of his 56 career games.

Andrews will be playing in his third Super Bowl next week, and he’s also playing the best football of his career. The Patriots offensive line dominated the Chiefs in the AFC championship game, as New England ran for 176 yards. The Chiefs tied for the most sacks in the NFL this season with 52. Kansas City had 0 on Sunday night, as Andrews and the offensive line gave Tom Brady plenty of time to operate.

As we get closer to the Super Bowl, there will be plenty of talk on Gurley and Michel. But Georgia fans should be just as proud of Andrews and all that he has accomplished at both Georgia and in New England.

Nolan Smith to finish as nation’s No. 1 player

Nolan Smith isn’t just the top player in Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class. He’s the best player in the country, as the 247Sports released its final rankings on Tuesday.

Smith came in as the No. 4 player in the 247 rankings, but will remain the No. 1 overall player in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Smith is the only player in the country to finish in the top 5 of all three major recruiting services, as ESPN and Rivals ranked Smith as the No. 2 player in the class.

On Monday, Smith also won the Defensive National High School Player of the Year award from the Maxwell Club on Monday.

This is the second time that Georgia has finished with the nation’s No. 1 overall player, as the Bulldogs landed Trent Thompson in the 2015 recruiting class. Last year Georgia landed the No. 2 player in the class in quarterback Justin Fields.

Smith was one of four players to finish with a 5th star in the 247rankings. Joining him was defensive tackle Travon Walker at No. 5, cornerback Tyrique Stevenson at No. 20 and Nakobe Dean at No. 21. The four 5-star prospects ties Georgia with Alabama for the most in the country.

The final Top247 will be revealed on Wednesday and the likes of center Clay Webb, wide receiver Dominick Blaylock and safety Lewis Cine will be very high on that list.

Smith was was also named the Anthony Munoz Award which goes to the nation’s top high school lineman. He is the second Bulldog player to win the award, joining Ray Drew who took home the award in 2010.

The IMG Academy standout has already enrolled at Georgia and will look to help increase Georgia’s sack total. The Bulldogs finished with only 24 sacks last season, which was 12th in the SEC.

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